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6/17/08 8:17 P

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Hi Bonnie!
Welcome to the team!
I can't use any of those NSAIDS, like ibuprofen or naproxen, they are just too hard on my stomach.
I'm currently on generic prilosec, and it's working pretty well for me. I get it by prescription; it's a lot cheaper for me that way, only $4 for a 90 day supply. If I don't take it for a few days, I sure feel it.

Hope the new meds help, and I'm glad the doctor is trying to pinpoint the cause.




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6/16/08 11:38 P

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Went to my doctor today. She told me that the med she put me on for joint inflammation probably triggered this whole mess.

She changed me from Nexium to Protonics. She also did some bloodwork today. Will have results probably by Wednesday. Also stopped taking Glucophage for the time being.

I also asked her to remove me from ANYTHING that was not absolutely necessary to my basic health needs. We'll see if we need to add any of these back as time goes on. I was able to eat Cheerios for breakfast with Lactaid free milk, Lean Cuisine for lunch with a rice cake and soup and crackers for dinner. Had a banana for dessert. We could not do anything better for dinner because the electricity went out from a storm. It is now back on.

I gave her some of the suggestions that your doctors had given you and that was well-taken.

I thank you for your support and prayers. Let's hope this continues to hold.

Bonnie

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6/15/08 2:15 A

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Hi Bonnie. My name is Shari and I'm the administrator for this team. First of all, welcome to you and all new members. The suggestions from the other members are all good ones, but I'm not sure about the eating every half hour and not mixing anything. That sounds a bit extreme, but if it works for some people then that's great.

I recommend keeping a food diary to keep track of foods that seem to trigger your episodes. You can also write down any questions in this diary and bring it with you whenever you see your doctor. Refer to those questions and the trigger foods during your discussions with your doctor.

Has your family doctor mentioned seeing a gastroenterologist, or are you already seeing one? Have you had an endoscopy? If not, then perhaps you should talk to your doctor about seeing the specialist.

As for raising the bed, have you looked into getting one of those adjustable beds? I have one of those, and whenever I'm having a particularly rough night I just adjust the head half to a steep angle and I can usually tolerate sleeping that way.

I have discovered since starting the SP program that I can now eat some of the foods that usually trigger my episodes, albeit in small doses. I'm on Aciphex for my reflux. It's the best one I've had so far; it works MOST of the time. When it doesn't work, I almost always have some OTC chewable antacids and those usually help.

Again, welcome to our team, and if you ever have questions please don't hesitate to ask; there's always someone here who knows what you're going through. Good luck with everything!

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6/14/08 7:41 P

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Thanks for the welcome and kind comments. It's good to have others who can sympathize and offer help with this situation.

God bless all of you,
Bonnie

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6/14/08 7:32 P

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Hi Bonnie

Poor you, it sounds like you've had a horrible time. I also follow a relatively wheat free diet and definitely no oats for me. I'm also bad with wholegrains, peanuts and foods with seeds in like peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, though I can eat them in small quatities but never together in the same meal. I try and have my evening meal around 6pm and then I don't eat again until the morning.

Welcome to the team and good luck with your weightloss and with achieving your goals.

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6/14/08 6:10 P

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Thanks for your responses. It seems to me if you wait 1/2 hour between everything that you'd be eating all day long. Is that what you have to do? Did you doctor tell you to space everything out like this and not to combine ANYTHING? Just trying to figure this out.

I'm feeling a little better today. I had a non-wheat cereal for breakfast with skim milk and ate 1/2 banana and then later ate the other half.

I did have a baked potato for lunch though. Didn't seem to bother me.

I'm having a Lean Cuisine dinner now with rice cakes.

I do well on crackers, bananas and apples.

I'm switching to lactaid free milk tomorrow. I try to eat light in the evening and nothing after 6-7 p.m.

I hope you'll continue to help me with your ideas. I'll let you know what the family doctor says Monday. Seems like a couple people take Protonix to help them. Do you use something like that?

I got some good info last night from a couple websites also. I had been sleeping with 2-3 pillows and was not aware that sleeping on your left side is less likely to cause the acid reflux to happen.

I'm going to eat before it gets too late (grin).

Thanks again! You're a jewel.

Bonnie

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6/14/08 10:50 A

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MEMORIES!!! eating bland is just the beginning. Do not mix foods. Breakfast could be cream of wheat or farina. 1/4 tbl spoon of butter sugar or raw honey.
Wait 30 minutes and eat a peice of COOKED apple, peach, necturine. wait 30 minutes and have tea or coffee WEAK with a little cream.NO WHEAT NOR OATS
lunch and dinner eat a leafy cooked veggie. Wait 30 minutes eat a easily digested protein salmon, crumbled hamburger or shredded chicken thigh. Wait 30 minutes, eat some peeled mashed squash.
No densed foods like wheat products, rice, potatos, beans, corn, peas, (no skin) onion, peppers.
Eat yogurt without fruit vanilla is fine, cook everything...NO Melons.
You can have little butter s,p & cinnommon, herbs.
NO SOY, pancakes...eat some crutons in place of bread.
saltine crackers or soda crackers.
Slim Fast low carb vanilla only. Broths, and soups are OUT. emoticon not needed.

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6/14/08 1:23 A

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I'm new to this team too. I'm sorry you are having a flare up.

Sleeping in the recliner is what I do, too, when it gets bad. I also sip water very often to sooth my esophagus and eat bland stuff like rice and bananas.

You mentioned sleeping with pillows. I was told that I should NOT use pillows but should elevate the bed instead. I have the head end of the bed up on blocks.

I hope you'll be feeling better soon.

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6/13/08 10:23 P

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I'm new today to the the team and need help right away. I'll give you my personal information later or you can go to my SparkPage BonsterBonnie to see what I'm all about.

I'm on Nexium for acid reflux and I follow the rules for the most part about not eating heavy meals, waiting 2-3 hours minimum before laying down, elevated pillows, avoiding caffeine, etc. I woke up a few days with the WORST reflux I've ever had. I could hardly say any words, even to the doctor. She had given me some aspirin-based meds for 10 days because of bad joint pain which she attributed to inflammation. Well, the med did a great job on the joint pain but evidently that set off that horrible mess.

I had another minor reflux problem last night. I have hardly eaten anything for nearly a week, probably no more than 300 cal. per day. I have an appt with her Monday.

Is there anything you could possibly suggest to get me through this weekend? I've even been sleeping sitting up in the recliner most of the nights.

Thanks for any suggestions you might have,

Bonnie

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